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Postgraduate Orientation Programme 4 – 6 March 2024

Monday, 4 March 2024 (PG Dips, Hons, M. Coursework, M. Research & PhDs)

Time Sessions Venue
08:00 Registration - Exams Hall Foyer, 2nd Floor, Robert Sobukwe Block Exams Hall Foyer
09:00 - 09:20  Beginning the postgraduate journey: Welcome to Wits Programme 
Director & Dean of Student Affairs
Mr. Jerome September
Great Hall
09:20 - 09:40  New horizons for research 
Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation Prof. Lynn Morris 
09:40 - 10:00  Students’ Voices 
Postgraduate Association Chairperson
Mr. Okuhle Mafrika 
10:00 - 11:00  Break
11:00 - 12:30  Future thought leaders for a world in crisis: An expert panel discussion 
Co-sponsored by the: Global Academy of Liberal Arts (GALA) 

Prof Benjamin Rosman – Professor in the School of Computer Science and Mathematics
Dr Bernadette Judith Johnson – Director: Transformation and Employment Equity Office
Prof Hlonipha Mokoena – Acting Co-Director: WISER
Dr Rene Goretsky - Head: Pre-Award Support, Research Office
Dr Richard Ballard – Chief Researcher, Gauteng City-Region Observatory
12:30 - 12:50  Wits Libraries: PG research support frameworks
Dr Daisy Selematsela 
12:50 - 13:10  Internationalisation and student support 
Ms. Gita Patel
13:10 - 14:10  Break 
1-stop postgrad shop in the Great Hall Foyer
14:10 - 14:40  Programme Director: Prof Brett Bowman Head: Postgraduate Strategy
Drama for Life performance 
‘You think adulting is hard: Mastering your post-graduate typing’.
14:40 - 15:00  Research with impact and Innovation at Wits 
Dr Adam Pantanowitz 
15:00 - 15:20 Research funding literacy 
Dr Yolanda Davids 
15:20 - 16:00 Break  
16:00 - 18:00 Cocktails on the Concourse Solomon Mahlangu House Concourse

Tuesday, 5 March 2024 Face-to-face workshops (M. Research & PhDs ONLY)

Time Sessions Venue
09:00 - 17:00 CARTA-Wits Workshops
  • Finding your way in the knowledge terrain: questions and methods.
  • Interdisciplinary workshop: refining essential research skills.
  • Complex thinking and generating knowledge for the 21st century.

CARTA Facilitators

  1. Prof. Jude Igumbor
  2. Prof. Nomfundo Moroe
  3. Dr Daphne Conco
  4. Dr Desmond Klenam
  5. Dr Lawan Abdulhamid
  6. Dr Sara Nieuwoudt
  7. Dr Nkosiyazi Dube
  8. Dr Skye Adams
  9. Mr Kganetso Sekome
  10. Dr Kirsty Van Stormbroek
  11. Mrs Lebogang Maseko
  12. Dr Judith Mwansa-Kambafwile
  13. Dr Tebello Letseka
  14. Dr Sonti Pilusa
  15. Prof. Kennedy Otwombe
  16. Mr Devind Peter
School of Public Health Resource Centre: Education Campus

Wednesday, 6 March 2024 (Faculty meetings)

Time Sessions Venue
09:00 - 12:00 Faculty meetings: your home base
Commerce, Law & Management: M. Research and PhD only, in person, Chalsty Auditorium
Chalsty Auditorium
  Engineering & the Built Environment: All PGs, Hybrid, D - Lab, Ground Floor, Wits Africa Rainbow Mineral Building (formerly known as the Chamber of Mines building)  D – Lab, Ground Floor, Wits Africa Rainbow Mineral Building 
  Health Sciences:  Please note ALL postgraduate students must RSVP by Friday, 1 March via email: for catering purposes. Medical School, 5th Floor, Lecture Theatre 1
  Humanities: PhD and M. Research only, Seminar Room, Humanities Graduate Centre, Ground floor, Southwest Engineering Building, Braamfontein Campus East Seminar Room, Humanities Graduate Centre, Ground floor, Southwest Engineering Building, Braamfontein Campus East
  Science: M. Coursework, M. Research & PhDs, Senate Room RSVP for the faculty event to Tammy at Senate Room